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Family and Community Engagement

Welcome to the FACE Webpage

    Hello and welcome to the Newburgh Enlarged City School District’s Family and Community Engagement (FACE) webpage. The page is filled with timely and informative facts, strategies, resources, and supports to assist families in the valuable and complex work of parenting, advocacy, learning and leading. The Newburgh Enlarged City School District appreciates the significant role that families play in the lives of their children each and every day. The home is the first place of learning and families create environments, encourage values, and teach life lessons which shape how children see themselves, others, and the world around them. Families are important in the physical and emotional development of children and motivating their young minds to have a thirst for learning and dreaming. The Newburgh Enlarged City School District believes in partnering with families and the community to meet the unique and diverse needs of all our students. The success of our students is at the heart of all the District strives to accomplish to ensure that every family hears their child’s name called as they cross Academy Field. Being involved in your child’s education is a research supported strategy that promotes their success, so the NECSD encourages families to be involved however and whenever they can. For ways to be involved contact the principal at your child’s school or the leaders of the parent-teacher group (PTA/PTO) and Booster Clubs. If you would like to volunteer at the District-level please contact Mrs. Pamela Peterson, Director of Family and Community Engagement.

    The NECSD endeavors to make this webpage useful, accessible, and easy to use, so if you have any suggestions regarding this webpage, please email Mrs. Pamela Peterson at ppeterso@necsd.net. Feel free to provide feedback and ideas regarding school-based and district-level parent involvement and education events as well. Thank you, and remember - get involved!

Department Events and Activities

The FACE Department hosts and partners with schools and community agencies to provide a variety of family and community engagement events and activities throughout the year. The events and activities are family-centered and created with the input and support of school district families and community members. Events and activities are advertised by flyers, School Messenger (robocalls), the NECSD App, social media (Twitter, Facebook) FACE Forward (e-newsletter) and community partnerships. Here is a sampling of NECSD Parent Involvement and Engagement offerings for families:

Parent University – This event is offered annually as a parent conference providing a variety of workshops covering diverse topics (academic, social-emotional learning, health and wellness, parenting). Parent University events are also offered on a smaller scale throughout the school year at various schools and community sites.

Coming Soon:

Parent University – May 6, 2017 at Newburgh Free Academy North

School Is Cool – The NECSD school readiness program provides information to families about programs and services available in the school district and greater community. School supplies are also distributed to elementary and secondary students. If you would like to volunteer or provide supplies please contact the Director of Family and Community Engagement, Mrs. Pamela Peterson.

Family Involvement Month – Each October the NECSD hosts a month-long celebration dedicated to supporting and celebrating families and the value they bring as educational partners. Each school hosts events and activities in recognition of this important month. Please check school and district calendars, newsletters, social media, and this site to identify events and activities your family can participate in or think about volunteering for an event.

Parent Leader Celebration – Parent Leaders rock! They raise funds for schools, volunteer, advocate, celebrate, and lead the way. These leaders are extraordinary because they support not only their own child, but all the children in their child’s school, and sometimes the children and youth throughout the district. Parent Leaders are recognized and celebrated by the Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools, Senior Staff, and the FACE Department at a Board of Education meeting during the month of October, which is Family Involvement Month. Thank you for all you do Parent Leaders.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Newburgh Day for Kids – Each summer FACE supports this event annually to celebrate children and youth throughout the school community. It is a day of unimaginable fun for families with games, prizes, food, information booths, school supplies, and so much more. Please come join us!

Twitter Chats and Town Halls with the Superintendent of Schools – Chat, brainstorm and share ideas with the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Roberto Padilla. Our Superintendent welcomes fresh and innovative ideas and feedback. He also likes to hear about concerns and challenges to ensure that all students and families are being supported. Please check the homepage of our District website for upcoming Chats or Town Halls or contact Mrs. Kerry Dowling, Community Relations Specialist, at kbutrick@necsd.net.

United Parent Leadership Council – This council consists of parent group leaders, parent volunteers in our schools and members of the greater community. The goal of the Council is to support students, families, and schools through education activities, and advocacy. The Council meets every third Thursday of the month.
Please check the District Calendar and Website for other upcoming events!

Adult Basic Education Services

The Newburgh Enlarged City School District offers Adult Education classes. Current classes include pre-High School Equivalency, High School Equivalency, and English-as-a-Second-Language. The program also offers development of workforce skills, career exploration, basic technology skills, and case management.


Best Resource Center, 290 Broadway, Newburgh, NY
Monday through Friday – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Best Resource Center, 49 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY
Monday through Friday – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Grace United Methodist Church, 265 Van Ness Street, Newburgh, NY
English-as-a-Second Language
Monday through Friday – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Monday and Wednesday – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Please contact Ms. Vera Best, NECSD Adult Education Coordinator at 845-562-2378 or 914-805-5606 or email Ms. Best at vbest@necsd.net. Please as about our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) opportunities.


Contact FACE Team

Pamela Peterson,
  Director of Family and Community Engagement

124 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY 12550

Phone: (845) 563-3458



Resources for Families

NYSED Parent Guide
Orange County Youth Bureau Brochure
Community Soup Kitchens, Food Pantries, &      
     Housing Resources

Parent Toolkit

The parent toolkit is a website developed by NBC News' Education Nation and will help you navigate your child's journey from pre-kindergarten through high school.

Parent Toolkit Logo

Parent Toolkit Link


Family Sign-Ups

Attendance is important
Stay tuned for new updates on iPledge5

The Monthly Email Newsletter
Stay tuned for upadtes on FACEForward.


District Documents for Families

Volunteer Manual
  English | Spanish | Arabic | Simplified Chinese

Parent Notification Manual
  English | Spanish | Arabic | Simplified Chinese 


Sharing is Caring

Please consider sharing your time, talents, ideas and energy to support the Newburgh Enlarged City School District’s effort to support every child’s success every day.

Newburgh Equity Team –The Equity Team consists of community members and district staff interested in taking an objective approach to assessing equity issues around race, poverty and disabilities. If you are interested in participating please contact Ms. Berthenia Powell at 845-563-3511 or email Ms. Powell at bpowell@necsd.net. Thank you.

School-Based Parent-Teacher groups – Many of our schools are supported by parent-teacher groups (PTA, PTO, PTC, PTG) and booster clubs. Consider joining or just volunteering for an activity or event. Our students and schools need your help. Contact your child’s school for parent-teacher group contact information.



Videos for Families - Reading

Create a Family Reading Habit
(view in spanish)

Build Reading Skills and Comprehension
(view in spanish)

Instill a Love of Reading in Your Child
(view in spanish)

Motivate a Struggling Reader

(view in spanish)

Make Read-Alouds Come to Life!
(view in spanish)

Connect Reading to Real Life
(view in spanish)

More Videos Coming Soon

More Videos Coming Soon






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